2016's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice", co-starring a less-than-transcendent Henry Cavill and a miscast Jesse Eisenberg, received mixed reviews and grossed $874 million worldwide - not quite the billion-dollar take that had come to be expected with big superhero team-ups.
Reeves took over from Affleck in 2017, following prior plans that the Argo star would be directing and writing his own Batman instalment.
The Batman has been given a June 25, 2021 release date by Warner Bros. And since this Batman will focus on a younger Bruce Wayne, who says we can't have Ben Affleck in a version which focuses on the older Batman?
Things have been awfully quiet on the Batman front, with Planet Of The Apes director Matt Reeves preferring to keep working on the script rather than offer constant updates.
"It's very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale", he said. When would we see a solo Batman film? During an interview with THR, Reeves hints that we'll get more than one villain fighting Bats during the course of the movie, saying "there will be a rogues gallery". Affleck's appearance on-camera had been up for speculation for quite some time, and now Deadline have reported that he is officially out of the picture.
Eagerly awaited by fans, "The Batman" is now slated to open in USA theaters June 25, 2021.
Director Matt Reeves also has a very narrow age range in mind for the title character. After Justice League flopped and Warner Bros. was left trying to figure out their superheroes, we were left with so many questions about the future of the Dark Knight. So when will The Batman - or whatever it will be called - finally hit our screens? The comics have a history of that. We are mere months away, perhaps only weeks, from learning the identity of the next Batman.
The latest update comes courtesy of an extensive sit-down Reeves had with the Hollywood Reporter, discussing his career, current projects, and of course, the long shadow of Batman. Warner Bros. announced Wednesday that it will release "The Batman" on June 25, 2021 and "The Suicide Squad" six weeks later on August 6.